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Cameron: Miliband 'scaremongering' over Staffordshire NHS

Ed Miliband has been accused of deliberately scaremongering and trying to frighten people about the future of the NHS in North Staffordshire by David Cameron.

The Prime Minister branded the Labour leader's behaviour a "disgraceful tactic" and criticised again his alleged use of the word weaponise in relation to the health service.

Mr Cameron was responding to a question from Labour's Joan Walley about the release of a KPMG report into the state of the Staffordshire NHS.

I know that the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust are working hard with the Trust Development Authority and other parties involved to manage a safely and timely transition of services. All parties should work together to do that.

But I have to say it is not helped by the Leader of the Opposition going to Stafford and deliberately scaremongering and trying to frighten local people.

He has said that North Stafford Hospital is on the 'road to closure'. This is what he means by weaponising the NHS. It is an absolutely disgraceful tactic. You know it's not true, he knows it is not true but he hasn't got the gumption to say so.

– David Cameron


Six-year-old boy reported missing found 'safe and well'

A six-year-old boy reported missing in Trentham Pitts, near Loggerheads in Staffordshire, has been found "safe and well", police have said.

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Police search for missing 6-year-old in Staffordshire

Police in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire are searching for a missing six-year-old boy in Trentham Pitts, near Loggerheads.

Police say he was last seen wearing a black helmet and dark blue overalls, riding a black quad bike, at around 1.15pm this afternoon.


10,000 sign petition to keep town hall's WWI memorial

Campaigners fear Fenton Town Hall will be demolished if it goes into private hands. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Campaigners have delivered a 10,000 signature petition to Downing Street in a bid to stop the Government from selling off a Staffordshire town hall that contains a unique First World War memorial.

Fenton Town Hall, whose memorial pays tribute to 500 soldiers, is being marketed by the Ministry of Justice to private buyers for around £500,000.

Save Fenton Town Hall campaigners want the hall to be preserved as a community building.

Microlight aircraft crash to be investigated

Sadly the sole occupant of the microlight, the male pilot, was confirmed dead at the scene. He has yet to be formally identified.

Specially-trained officers will be supporting the man's family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

No one else was involved in the incident.

A detailed investigation into the circumstances of the collision will be carried out by colleagues from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

– Staffordshire Police

Man dies after microlight aircraft crash

A pilot died following a microlight aircraft crash, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The incident happened in a field near Bridgnorth Road, Stourton, near Stourbridge, at around 5.55pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a microlight aircraft that is believed to have been in collision with pylons and crashed into a field.

“Advanced life support was carried out on the man who was piloting the microlight, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Newborn baby killed in two-car motorway collision

An 11-day-old baby boy has died after the car he was travelling in collided with another car on the M6 near Cannock, Staffordshire Police said.

His mother and two more of her children, a girl aged four and an 18 month old boy, were also taken to hospital following the crash yesterday but were later discharged with minor injuries.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between the two slip roads for Hilton Services near Cannock.

It involved a grey Seat Leon and a silver Mercedes C-Class.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

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